Seaton Takes Over as Dukes' Backup QB

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

Justin Thorpe says Kavon Seaton has been impressive literally since Day One at James Madison.

"Actually, the first day of camp he looked pretty good," Thorpe said Tuesday. "When I came in, I was a little rusty and out of shape. When he came in he looked pretty good.

"He can step in and make a play anytime."

And with Drew Dudzik out with a broken foot, Seaton now may have to.

On Tuesday, the true freshman practiced with JMU's second-team offense, as the team's new backup quarterback.

"I'm just glad to get an opportunity, and if I get a chance, ready to perform," said Seaton, whom the team had been redshirting prior to Dudzik's injury. "I think I'm at that point. If I have a good week of practice I think I'll be ready."

Head coach Mickey Matthews is a little more reserved when evaluating his new backup.

"He's not ready for primetime yet, but he's definitely our second-team quarterback," Matthews said. "And we're going to do everything humanly possible to get him ready to play Saturday."

Seaton may have gotten Thorpe's attention early in preseason camp, but he says his head was spinning.

"When I first came, I didn't know what was going on," Seaton recalled. "It took me a while to learn the offense, and get adjusted to this college speed. Everyone out here is pretty fast."

"I think he was like a lot of guys that didn't know a lot about it," said Matthews. "He thought it was probably going to be a little easier than it was."

Matthews says the quarterback has shown the most improvement in recent weeks.

Seaton says he's still learning new plays the Dukes have added since preseason camp. He's also eager to put his clipboard away this weekend, when JMU hosts No. 6 Villanova.

"Past Saturdays I've just had the mindset of getting ready for signals, not ready to play," he said. "But this weekend I have to come with the mindset of ready to play if anything happens."


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